I've spent the last week mulling over what one word best describes my year of 2014. And for the most part, I've got nothing. My husband suggested the word changes. Lord knows we've had plenty of that in the last twelve months. It just didn't do the trick for me when it comes to describing this year. Some words that come to mind are: interesting, growth, learning.
And as I write this, it hits me. Freeing. The year of 2014 has been freeing for me. I've allowed myself to experience feelings, go places I never planned to go, and have accepted that sometimes what I think I want isn't really what I want at all.
Here's my year in review. What about yours?
February: I went to San Francisco and experienced the thrill of stepping out of my comfort zone toward my goal of really taking my writing seriously. The San Francisco Writer’s Conference (SFWC) and San Francisco changed my life.
March: I had a visit from my sister and her family. It was a good week of playing cards, visiting, and playing in the snow.
April: I celebrated my one year anniversary in the management position day job. It had been a tough one year and I had learned a lot. It was a good feeling to have made it that far in a difficult position.
May: I turned thirty-eight. Not a big deal, but it sure did bring forty that much closer. I’m still not sure what I think about that.
July: Disney World with the kids. It was the first time we’d gone to Florida for vacation. We had a great time in the heat and humidity and strangely enough the rain. I had no idea it rains so much there. On our way home, we drove to New Orleans and I got to visit the home/bookstore of William Faulkner. And I was not awarded a job I had applied for. I’d spent days talking out loud and to myself about the pros and cons of getting it/not getting it. I took it rather well, I think.
August: Our youngest daughter was in an ATV accident. It was scary. She has recovered well and we couldn’t be more grateful for the hand of God watching over her. We flew to Atlanta and then drove to South Carolina to see our son graduate from basic training. It was a quick, impromptu trip and we were blessed with the company of his girlfriend. It was a reality check on how quickly our children grow up.
September: We celebrated our fourteenth wedding anniversary by taking our three younger kids (the only ones still at home) on a cruise with us. It was blissfully fun. Not only did we have a great time, but it helped me get out of my overly vigilant watch of our accident recovering daughter. It was good for both of us.
October: I was awarded a position in the world of IT, quite a different world from where I’ve spent the last several years. I was thrilled and scared at the prospect of upcoming change.
November: NaNoWriMo (61,000 words). New job . Weekly play practice. I don’t remember much else about November. I was tired a lot.
December: I began the serious practice of letting things go. There is beauty in walking away and I needed to find that beauty. Holding on to past hurts, anger, and betrayals is just not worth the energy it consumes. My husband bought me a beautiful chiming wall clock for Christmas. I cried because of what it symbolizes.
When I look back over the year, I realize there are things I've put here that I haven't yet shared in detail. Like the story of the clock and how a weekend in San Francisco can change a person's life. I'll work on that this new year.
How has 2014 treated you? Care to share your year in review? Or just a few snippets of 2014? What are you thankful for from that year? Is there anything you’re glad to have behind you?